Visiting LA from NYC and looking for best izakaya and any other recs
I'm a huge fan of Bar Hagi in NYC and looking for a great LA izakaya recommendation. Thanks!
You don't say where you'll be staying, but there are good ones in Little Tokyo as this thread covers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/690060 and good ones on the west side as this thread covers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767413
On Sawtelle you can find some good ones and close by on Olympic Blvd. at Barrington you can find a Korean one with plenty of Japanese influences that we like called Raku (I think it's owned by the same folks who own the downtown LA Raku).
11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Then the west side ones or the downtown ones will be sort of equidistant for you. On Sawtelle you can find Furaibo and there is one in the little mall with the Hurry Curry and Little Hong Kong (at the north end of the one story mall) whose name I am blanking on at the moment. If you want to try Musha in Santa Monica that would be worth the time and effort as well.
(thought of the name of the one on Sawtelle - Place Yuu - see this sort of review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754879)
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Little Hong Kong Cafe
2129 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Furaibo is the best mix of atmosphere and good food but waiting for a table there can be a hassle - try to avoid weekends. Honda-Ya is big and has a great atmosphere - not hard to get a tatami spot on a Friday -but the food (esp. the yakitori) is lackluster - though this is countered by big glasses of good soju for cheap. Haru Ulala probably has the best food but I usually prefer it for a two person meetup than for raucous izakaya fun.
All are good choices but I think Hagi might have them beat.
368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
2068 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Honda Ya Japanese Restaurant
333 S Alameda St Ste 314, Los Angeles, CA 90013
No where close to WeHo, but Torihei (yakitori joint) in Torrance does a great job of satisfying the urge for izakaya-like things. The Torrance Musha is right across the parking lot as well. Izakaya Bincho on the Redondo Beach Pier has great food - an okay drinks list - but is tiny.
1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501
112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501